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Local Commentaries

Sewers Reach Quiet Milestone

The South/Center Chautauqua Lake Sewer District (the “District”) recently announced that a contract was awarded to the J.D. Northrup Construction Company of Ellicottville to build Phase I of the Chautauqua Lake Westside Sewer Extension to Stow. This is good news for the Lake and good ...

The Rise Of A Massive Federal Bureaucracy

In summarizing the problem of self-government, James Madison wrote, “…the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself.” It’s that last bit that has proven difficult. Our system of ...

Turning Brain Drain Into Brain Gain

Many different factors influence where people choose to live. A lot remain where they were born and raised throughout their entire lives. Some find their dream jobs in their hometowns. Others stay simply because being near family is more important to them than anything else. Some think they ...

We Need To Be Grateful To Cummins And Its Employees

Early this past Saturday morning, June 12, I checked and verified the time; 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. All was loaded except the tires. I loaded them at 8:45 a.m. and headed to Cummins. I’d never been to “recycle day” before, so I was unsure just where to go, and what I’d find when I ...

Viruses Aren’t The Only New Threat

Let’s pick up where we left off last week. Whatever the origin of the COVID-19, or Corona Virus Disease 2019, virus, much uncharted territory remains. And the recent pandemic contains lessons for both the economy and national security of the United States. Generations ago, those wanting ...

Observing Herbicide Results

There is probably no issue more divisive on Chautauqua Lake than the use of herbicides in controlling weed growth. There seems to be no middle ground. Either you believe that they should be a part of managing the lake, or you think that they are a dangerous assault on the environment. I ...